A delegation of Guinean government officials, doctors, and journalists arrived in the village of Wome on Tuesday to educate villagers about Ebola. Instead, eight of them "were killed in cold blood," a government rep says, per the Los Angeles Times. Villagers attacked the delegation with machetes, stones, and clubs and reportedly abducted a number of them. A witness told local radio that the attack occurred after workers sprayed disinfectant in public areas; rumors that such spraying actually caused infection have been buzzing around the country.
The bodies of eight people, including three journalists, were found yesterday in a village septic tank, Reuters reports. Three of the victims' throats had been slit, according to the rep. The villagers believe Ebola "is nothing more than an invention of white people to kill black people," a local police officer says. Guinea's Prime Minister Mohamed Saïd Fofana says six have been arrested following the attack. (Read more Ebola stories.)